I have used zonealarm for many years, both free and pay versions.
This last time, Zonealarm was bugging me to upgrade, so when I had time, I let it do that.
The affected system is a dual processor Win 7 system (Dell 6300)
Afterward, I found that one processor was stuck at 100% usage, and the other at 50%, without programs open.
Firefox was so slow that the mouse could not even follow very slow movements. I had to shut down and reboot at least 8 times just to get the machine to work a little bit.
OK. So I came to this site, and I see the current version listed as 184.108.40.20647. I compared that to the version that was downloaded by the update, and the update version was WAY later than the number above. it was 15.0.6xx.yyyyy.
Was that a valid version? Or was that some sort of spoofing?
I did manage to download the version number 220.127.116.1147, and things seemed to be better.
Edit: It definitely IS better, since before it took about 15 minutes to boot, and then was horribly slow. Now, on what seems, from checking around, to be an older version, everything is apparently working OK. At least it is faster, and the mouse is never in the previous condition. It was literally updating only every 10 seconds or so, which made it nearly impossible to use, and after a while would freeze.
So: WHAT was going on? The version in question was the free version, although I have had the pay version on other computers. But I have never seen this before, with various versions of ZA pretty much since it came out.
The permissions for the Application control seemed to be all fouled up, it was marginally better after I went through and edited several dozen of them, but even then it went into the ridiculous mouse mode.
EVERYTHING was corrected by stepping back to the 18.104.22.16847 version. It looks as if either the installer for the 15.0.6xx version, or the software itself, has a very bad bug. As I noted, I have a modern OS, win 7, and a capable machine that will do CAD and rendering. It was not running out of power, and it is not some legacy OS from 2003....